Braveheart

Braveheart

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Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack

     
 

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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have beenSee more details below

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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A massively mounted historical epic starring and directed by Mel Gibson, Braveheart celebrates our natural yearning for freedom and the ability of one heroic man to define an entire revolution. It's the amazing story of William Wallace (Gibson), a 13th-century Scottish warrior who rallies his countrymen to combat the tyranny of England's King Edward (Patrick McGoohan). By virtue of his charismatic leadership, Wallace turns a ragtag army of peasants into a formidable fighting unit that battles the British army to a standstill. As played by Gibson, he's a dedicated patriot who leads his people toward freedom with messianic fervor. The battle scenes are presented in uncompromising, graphic detail; Gibson won't let his viewers forget that liberty is achieved only at great personal cost. Sprawling, passionate, and very much in the tradition of Spartacus, Braveheart fully deserved its many Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director) and has taken its place in the firmament of classic movie spectacles.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Thoroughly ahistorical, Braveheart is nonetheless a rousing tale of heroism and honor, full of passion and wit and courage enough to inspire an army to victory. In fact, it very nearly did just that, becoming a focal point within the U.S. military for discussions of the societal obligations of the modern citizen-soldier. Filmed almost entirely in Ireland, Braveheart convincingly re-creates its version of Scotland circa 1300. A major strength is the marvelously designed battle sequences, the work of actor/director Mel Gibson and cinematographer John Toll. While only a modest success at the box-office, Braveheart was a substantial hit in video, and is remembered as the R-rated film that parents most often brought home to share with their children.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0032429078292
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:57:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson William Wallace
Sophie Marceau Princess Isabelle
Patrick McGoohan Edward I Longshanks
Catherine McCormack Murron
Brendan Gleeson Hamish
Ian Bannen Robert the Bruce's leprous father
James Robinson Young William
James Cosmo Campbell
David Patrick O'Hara Stephen
Alun Armstrong Mornay
Angus MacFadyen Robert the Bruce
Peter Hanly Prince Edward
Sean Lawlor Malcolm Wallace
Sandy Nelson John Wallace
Sean McGinley MacClannough
Alan Tall Elder Stewart
Ralph Riach Priest No 1
Robert Paterson Priest No 2
Brian Cox Argyle Wallace
Barry McGovern King's Advisor No 2
John Kavanagh Craig
Tommy Flanagan Morrison
Julie Austin Mrs Morrison
Alex Norton Bride's Father
Rupert Vansittart Lord Bottoms
Michael Byrne Smythe
Malcolm Tierney Magistrate
Tam White MacGregor
Donal Gibson Stewart
Jeanne Marine Nicolette
Martin Dunne Lord Dolecroft
John Murtagh Lochlan
David Mckay Young Soldier
Peter Mullan Veteran
Martin Murphy Lord Talmadge
Gerard McSorley Cheltham
Bernard Horsfall Balliol
Niall O'Brien English General No 2
Liam Carney Sean
Phil Kelly Farmer
Martin Dempsey Drinker No 1
Jimmy Keogh Drinker No 2
Joe Savino Chief Assassin
David Gant Chief Justice/Executioner
Mal Whyte Jailor

Technical Credits
Mel Gibson Director,Producer
Matt Earl Beesley Asst. Director
Simon Crane Stunts
Nathan Crowley Art Director
Bruce Davey Producer
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
James Horner Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Ladd Producer
John Lucas Art Director
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer
Ned McLoughlin Art Director
Patsy Pollock Casting
Elizabeth Robinson Associate Producer
Mic Rodgers Asst. Director,Stunts
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Thomas Sanders Production Designer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Randall Wallace Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Braveheart
1. The Wits Of Men [7:10]
2. Courage and a Free Heart [:14]
3. The Trouble With Scotland [7:24]
4. A Nobleman's Rights [1:33]
5. No Other, Forever [4:43]
6. Application and Consequences of Laws [:52]
7. Gathering to Rebel [6:01]
8. Ruthless Compromise [6:13]
9. Madmen and Spies [:55]
10. Are You Ready For War? [4:37]
11. Terms and Offers [3:09]
12. Guardian Of Scotland [6:08]
13. Negotiating With a Princess [6:56]
14. Unity and Betrayal [:23]
15. Lands of Death [3:32]
16. To Capture a Legend [3:05]
17. The Pledge of the Bruce [4:20]
18. The Crown's Price [2:44]
19. A Queen's Plea for Mercy [1:38]
20. Freedom! [5:26]
21. Bleed With Me [1:42]
22. Credits [5:45]

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